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Comment: Define AAA (Score 1) 152

by tepples (#48479669) Attached to: Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

Has there been ANY 'AAA' title released in the last 10 years that the CEO of the company that published it shouldn't have made [an apology like this] after it's release?

The answer to that question depends on whether you consider first-party Wii and Wii U games to be "AAA". Without defining AAA, we'll just talk past each other.

Comment: Copyright is federal (Score 1) 364

by tepples (#48479227) Attached to: Mathematicians Study Effects of Gerrymandering On 2012 Election

A better solution is to do what the founding fathers came up with in the first place. Most governing should be done locally (city or county level). Things that are too big for local get handled by the state. The states form a federation to handle matters such as national defense, but for the most part the federal government stays out of citizens' lives.

I don't see how that could be. In an information society, copyright interferes in citizens' lives daily. And the US Constitution explicitly made copyright a federal power.

Comment: Re:300 second buffer to hold an entire song (Score 1) 302

by tepples (#48477393) Attached to: Windows 10 To Feature Native Support For MKV and FLAC

Who says I don't want to play a specific piece of music in a specific circumstance? I make a playlist, and hit forward and back to switch songs. That sure seems like playing a specific piece of music in a specific circumstance.

But then you have to anticipate all songs you might want to play and put them all in a playlist. Otherwise you run into "Oh shit I left that song at home." People who often run into that issue tend to prefer A. digital audio players that can hold an entire collection or B. digital audio players with a cellular uplink.

Comment: Split an app into multiple parts (Score 1) 224

by tepples (#48476411) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

It'd be nice if apps had a base set of privs then expanded sets that could be allowed on install or later by request to the system/user.

That's already possible in current Android. Offer one app in Google Play Store that needs a small set of permissions, then offer other apps in Google Play Store that act as content providers for the main app. For example, there might be a "Swype" keyboard app that needs only the input method permission, a "Swype auf Deutsch" app that adds a German dictionary, a "Swype Local" app that adds nearby businesses to the dictionary (which requires the location permission), and a "Swype Knows Your Name" app that adds your contacts to the dictionary (which requires the read contacts permission). If they're all digitally signed by the same publisher (such as Nuance), they can share data structures intimately as if they were one app.

Also it'd be nice if the privileges were a lot more restricted, like "Use Ad Service to show you ads" instead of "Use Internet"

The example you give is not possible unless you want all ad-supported apps in Google Play Store to move to a single monopoly ad provider. If you whitelist communication with one hostname, that host could act as a proxy to access any other host.

Comment: So Mr. Stallman was right (Score 1) 224

by tepples (#48476367) Attached to: Uber's Android App Caught Reporting Data Back Without Permission

Android is *NOT* Linux based, it is merely Linux hosted. Android is its own OS, its own environment.

And now you know why Richard Stallman was right about calling the familiar desktop and server operating system "GNU/Linux". Android has a completely different userland on top of the same Linux kernel that underlies GNU/Linux.

There are never any bugs you haven't found yet.